Zembiec back in East Lansing

2016 Rochester (N.Y.) Aquinas quarterback took a visit to Michigan State on Saturday and left liking what he saw. We caught up with the junior QB on his recruitment and the visit.

As he stood on the sideline of Spartan Stadium on Saturday, Jake Zembiec found himself imagining what it would be like to play at Michigan State.

The Rochester (N.Y.) Aquinas junior quarterback already holds an offer from the Spartans and has them among his top schools. He left his visit this weekend saying it was great.

“It was really great,” he said. “I actually just talked to Coach (Brad) Salem (on Tuesday night). …

"We talk once a week, once every two weeks. He is a really good guy and just relaxed. The big thing he says is not to be overwhelmed by the process, which for a college coach to give you that wisdom out of everything else means a lot because it definitely is a stressful process.”

As for the visit, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Zembiec took part in a tour of the facilities, as he visited with his mother and sister who had not seen them previously.

”The recruits did the walk, the pitch the penny walk,” he said. “We did that before the players came in and then we watched the players walk into the stadium, went on the field and went in to the new recruiting lounge, which is really nice.”

Once seated, Zembiec said he thought the game environment at Michigan State was awesome.

”I loved being around that kind of environment, having played football for so long,” he said. “In a game where I’m playing, I don’t get to feel the feeling in the stands. It was awesome, especially in a game like that around all the fans and feel that.”

On the field, he watched the Spartans’ put together a pretty balanced offensive attack, something for which he has an appreciation.

“I think this year especially because Langford and Cook are so talented and the line does such a great job,” he said. “I think as much as a quarterback wants to completely take over a game and have that mindset, you know the run game is necessary to keep defenses honest and take a shot downfield, which you saw a couple times in the game.

”Last year with my team, we had a really good running back, so I know how important that balance is.”

He does not have any more visits set in stone, but could make a trip to Penn State when Michigan State travels to Happy Valley at the end of November.

”Those are pretty much my top two choices right now, so that might be a good one to catch,” he said.

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